Svenska Likbrännings Föreningen – Likvaka MC Cloister Recordings 2021
Being a new Swedish project the chosen moniker translates to ‘Swedish Cremation Association’, which provides a fairly apt indication of the muted death industrial and dark ambient sonics found herein, delivered in a very recognisable Nordic vein from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s (i.e. Lille Roger, early Brighter Death Now, Archon Satani, early Mz.412 etc).
Shimmering textures and ashen toned synth lines provide elongated muted semi-melodious elements around which random thuds, sporadic clangs, mangled vocal eruptions and guttural chants abound. On selected tracks the catacomb ambiences sees the clanging tones and thudding elements coalesce into forward rolling rhythmic structures. As for the general tone of the production, it is muffled yet equally thick and sonically overblown, which is a typical aspect of this sort of material, and therefore adding to the general dank charm on display. Variations on the above sonic parameters ultimately play out over the span of the eight tracks, and where the translated track titles suitable match the sonics, such as: Meat On The Pathologist’s Table; Death Redeems; and Ethanol / Glycerin fixation. A specifically notably track is Embalming Hunger, as it stands apart based on its rolling martial toned beat and grimly grinding synths which gives a clear nod to Mz.412.
While the original digital version of this release was issued on Nordvargr’s label 205 Recordings in late 2020, Cloister Recordings have given this a limited pressing on tape in an edition of 100 copies. In its physical edition the J-card has been purposefully aged and distressed and housed in an old scratch up 1980’s cassette case to suitably match the featured music. So, while certainly not turning the chosen style on its head, this is still an excellent and very enjoyable tape without sounding cynically retro or structurally formulaic. A project to watch with keen interest.